Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown — Fake Twitter users

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Meanwhile, most regular accounts may see a cut of about three or four followers, according to the company.

Also, the accounts that Twitter would be purging are locked accounts that the company "detected sudden changes in account behaviour", and the owners didn't validate their accounts.

Among the biggest losers is former President Barack Obama, who lost more than 2 million followers in the purge of accounts suspected of being fake.

The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the United States presidential election. Social media maven Kim Kardashian West lost about 1.5 million followers.

A Twitter crackdown on "locked" accounts has lead to some of its most high profile users losing millions of followers.

Twitter earlier this week announced it will remove locked accounts - which are disabled owing to suspicious activity - from follower counts across profiles globally.

CEO Ezekiel Mutua is another casualty whose account has dropped from over 100,000 followers to a meagre 34,000.

Rahul Gandhi followership tanked after microblogging site Twitter removed around 70 million fake accounts. However, looking at the most popular celeb and politicians accounts before and after Twitter's crackdown suggested a stringent effort by the micro-blogging platform.

"Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts", Gadde wrote.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency will make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation".

"Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate", said Twitter in a blog.

Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 696,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million. By Thursday evening, the @POTUS handle had actually gained a number of followers, even though the numbers are still continuing to fluctuate a little here and there.

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